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Lifestyle : Discover the Kimberley Special report
1HERSA1 0006 iG5725302AA-030213 Please ask us about some super specials that are now available on selected 16 day Cruise/Holiday Packages and our 12 day Cruises! Phone for a 2013 brochure 1800 185 960 www.kimberleydiscoverycruises.com.au Explore the Kimberley with us and discover Australia's last true frontier! Experience eco-tourism at its very best. Magnificent scenery, stunning waterfalls, ancient rock art, isolated beaches, amazing wildlife, vivid sunsets. A unique and unforgettable experience on board our 24 passenger vessel "Discovery One". BEST VALUE CRUISE IN THE KIMBERLEY! iG5680425AA-190113 9 Day Broome Mitchell Plateau Fly/ Cruise from $ 7,900.00 pp twin share now from $5,925.00 for enquiries call 1300 683 255 25% off 2013 9 Day Kimberley cruises March, April, May departures standard cabins only Discover The Kimberley with ODYSSEY EXPEDITIONS Visit the spectacular Horizontal Falls, Kings Cascade and Cathedral Falls. Swim beneath the cascading waters of Camp Creek and Ruby Falls. Watch Montgomery Reef rise from the ocean on a falling tide. Relive history as our experienced guides take you to the Kimberleys earliest settlement location. Take an exhilarating ight over the majestic Kimberley region as you transfer to or from Odyssey. www.odysseyexpeditions.com.au firstname.lastname@example.org BROOME & E MBERLE www.kimberleywild.com.au 1300 73 88 70 WA's Best our Operator gibb river road bungle bungles el questro windjana gorge tunnel creek geikie gorge lake argyle bell gorge cape leveque and more! Katrina Lobley finds a trip by boat and coach in the Ord River region delivers the experience of a lifetime. Out of the ordinary Tourism wasn't on the minds of those who dammed the Ord River decades ago. It was purely an agricultural move to guarantee water flow during the East Kimberley's oven-like dry season, when the river would shrink to a chain of waterholes. And the promise of year-round endless water lured farmers from across the world willing to try their luck tilling the fertile black-soil plains between Kununurra and the coast. Yet by plugging the Ord in two places -- creating the Diversion Dam and Lake Kununurra in 1962, and Lake Argyle a decade later -- the architects of the Ord River Irrigation Scheme unexpectedly provided an attraction for modern- day travellers pottering between Broome and Darwin. Anyone making the pilgrimage across north-west Australia is likely to pull up for a bit in Kununurra, a town of 7500 people built to service the irrigated area. Sitting a smidge this side of the Northern Territory border, it's considered the gateway to the East Kimberley. Kununurra is a place from which to visit indigenous rock-art sites, go on a scenic flight over the Bungle Bungle Ranges to the south or take an Ord River cruise. Our 12-metre vessel, Osprey, is packed with travellers. Grant, our guide, tells us to hang on to our hats -- we'll be cruising at 30 knots to reach the dam wall, 55 kilometres away, by lunchtime. When we disembark at the foot of the towering dam wall, he'll pick up another group that has been bussed to the dam for the return cruise back to town. We've barely pushed off when we spot our first freshwater croc lurking near reeds -- Grant tells us to multiply the distance between the eyes and snout by seven to calculate its length. He reckons a fair few Ord crocs have grown to three metres. "It's a very dense population -- that's because it's so rich, so stable and chock-a-block full of tucker in here." The estimated 7000 to 8000 freshies living in the stretch of river to the dam wall don't bother the locals. "We can swim, water-ski and interact with them," Grant says. "They consider anything bigger than them a predator." Crocodiles are just the start of the 6 TRAVEL The Kimberley SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2013 THE SUN-HERALD
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